Background Information Feminism is an age old belief system that has been actively transforming and developing over the span of the last two hundred years. It can find its roots back to the mid-1800s and has been a word used since, to describe a movement of people who believed in or hoped to achieve the political, economic, cultural, personal, and social equality of women. Feminism made its first notable ‘appearance’ at the close of the nineteenth century in the form of the suffragette movement; a movement that’s sole purpose was giving voting rights to women. Over the years the feminist movement has evolved and progressed, eventually reaching to women of all caste, creed, colour and culture, prompting them to challenge the societal and religious …show more content…
As we know, religion has shaped the mentality of society and continues to do that to this very day. Religious books and scriptures have long influenced what we as a society consider normal or ethical, so it hardly comes as a surprise to hear that a movement that helps women, break away from the mould of these traditions have gained its own fair share of adversaries. Christian, Hindu and Muslim religious texts have much to say about the role of women in society, a lot of which contradicts feminist ideology. For example, there have only been a smattering of notable female figures present in Christian and Muslim religious stories/texts (such as Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and Fatimah daughter of Muhammad who is considered to be an example of the ideal Muslim women) in comparison to a much larger collection of male founders/important characters (such as Abraham, Moses, Muhammad, Abu Bakr, etc…) Hinduism on the contrary, being a …show more content…
Feminism trumps Religion One outcome in the clash between Feminism and Religion is that Feminists manage to eradicate religion as a whole. Making all religious practices, ceremonies, etc… illegal under the belief that religion is merely an instrument of oppression and something that causes barriers in society and worsens the lives of many; especially women. 2. Religion trumps Feminism Another outcome to the conflict between these two beliefs is that Religion succeeds in bringing down Feminism thus allowing society to function under the influence of the patriarchy. This will result in women losing the right to voice their views when it comes to issues regarding marriage, sexuality, health, etc… Solutions 1. I believe, in this situation, one solution would be to create awareness about the finer aspects of religion: for instance, how it has contributed much to society in the form of hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, and schools. Along with that religious activists must show how religion has given many people great happiness and a sense of belonging/community. This shows that religion has the potential to be a force of good, and that oppression is a religion itself and cannot be associated the core principles of every religion. Religious leaders/people, in this situation, must show the world that bringing one belief down to uplift another is not a solution, for the two beliefs must put aside their differences and work hand in hand to battle
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More and more women are waking up to this systematic sexism in religion and are pulling away from the Church in protest. Women are realizing that belonging to one of many organized religions that continue to cite books written thousands of years ago to rationalize treatment of woman is definitely not in their best interests. Even allowing others to defend their actions based on the Bible as the “word of god” is counterproductive to the feminist movement. My mom agrees with Stanton, feminism cannot progress while we allow the Bible to make the rules about modern day
Consequently, women do not have an equal value to men, who, on account of their apparent superiority, should rule over them. If feminism is about the promotion of a woman’s equality and worth, then feminism cannot be good for women because it encourages them to reject what God has told them to do, that is, to accept their inferiority and live in submission to their
According to Eastern Kentucky University on women and gender studies, “feminism is the issue of equality based on gender, gender expression, gender identity, sex, and sexuality as understood through social theories and political activism”. Feminism
Feminists in particular, strongly believe that the women’s movement has provided more positive impacts in society. Revolutionary feminists theorist such as Betty Friedan and Shulamith Firestone assert that the movement challenges the stereotypical gender roles in society and it is for this reason why people, particularly men, believe that it undermines the stability of marriage and family life. While we won’t deny that the women’s movement afforded many women rights, we cannot ignore the fact that it is some of these very reasons (divorce laws e.g.) that has caused breakdown in many families across the
Despite that, secularism was embraced by feminists and eventually adopted as a principle favouring gender-equality for its stance on neutrality of citizenship and a potential to ensure a weaker role of the Church in state affairs, which would ease the campaigning for gender equality. Thus, secularism should be considered as a tool to support feminist
Religion has a varying presence in different societies and culture. It has a special force that binds a race or religious group together. There are thousands of religions all over the world and they do not only shape social culture, but also the view of women in society. As religion has changed throughout the span of human life on earth so has the viewpoint of women in religion. Therefore, religion has a huge impact on the roles of women.
conduct. Some argue that secularism in the form of french laicité is ill-equipped with the rise of Islam in Europe due to migration and other factors. Among the biggest controversies of french laicité are the bans on ostentatious religious symbols in state institutions which, in the opinions of many, are discriminatory towards muslim women wearing religious dress codes. Secularism is not inherently a feminist principle and as it was already shown, its early history wasn't egalitarian. Despite that, I argue that secularism became a successful feminist tool for the feminist movement starting from the 19th century.
“Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men. Feminist movements have campaigned and continue to campaign for women's rights, including the right to vote, to hold public office, to work, to earn fair wages or equal pay, to own property, to receive education, to enter contracts, to have equal rights within marriage, and to have maternity leave. Feminists have also worked to promote bodily autonomy and integrity, and to protect women and girls from rape, sexual harassments, and domestic violence. Changes in dress and acceptable physical activity have often been part of feminist
It looks for a revolution, a radical change in the conflict between women’s liberty and religion. However, I do not believe that encouraging women to depart from religion is an effective strategy. Feminism should not act as a substitute for spirituality, one should not be forced to choose between political and religious beliefs. I believe the task of feminism consists of making a bigger effort for the reformation of religion as more favourable towards women. I will describe this task more precisely as feministization of religion.
This leads some to even distinguish those two discourses as two different feminism-s. As it was shown in the previous section, I argue that the modern feminist movement is philosophically closer to secularism and managed to depart from religious perspective on gender issues. From the beginning of the 20th century mainstream western feminism rarely argued for women’s rights in religious terms and more often vigorously opposed religious influence on public sphere, claiming religion is a matter of private life. Even if I still will argue that the majority of actual feminist discourses remain secular and feminist scholarship continues to express critical thought towards religions, I have to acknowledge a recent visible shift and emergence of new religious and communataurist feminist arguments. Suggested by many scholars “return of religions” and theories of “post-secularism” may help to understand this new trend in feminism. Post-secularasim refers to current times in which the idea of modernity is perceived as failing and, at times, morally unsuccessful, so that, rather than a stratification or separation, a new peaceful dialogue and tolerant coexistence between the spheres of faith and reason must be sought in order to learn mutually.
converge in their fundamental goals and objectives. Here, “religious” and “secular” are spacious categories where common feminist agenda operates. Religious feminism - an oxymoron? While some women attempt to link their feminist views with religious identities for various reasons, others consider such religious feminist identity to be oxymoronic.
Is Feminism Relevant for Women’s Today? The world’s population in 2010 is estimated at nearly 7 billion people and more precisely at 6,908,688,378 which is almost three times the population estimated in 1950 that is, it has taken 60 years for the population to almost triple in size. (Jha, Prabhat, Kumar, Priya, Dhingra, Thiruchelvam & Moineddin, 2006).
History of the feminist movement The feminist movement, or simply feminism, is a name given to designate movements and ideologies which are intent on achieving equal rights for women and men. While feminists around the world have undertaken diverse measures and have set themselves different goals, varying from one country to another and changing through time, most Western feminist theorists agree that all the movements aimed at the improvement of women's condition should be classified as feminist, whether or not they refer this term to themselves (Walters 2005). Although many researchers, including the authors of A Feminist Reader, Sharon M. Harris and Linda K. Hughes, claim that the origins of the feminist movement could be observed as early
Introduction Islam and feminism are often related together in most of discussion as there are some people blame Islam for not giving freedom to women and some other people used to establish human’s right according to Islam especially for feminist properties. Feminism is defined as both a political view and a theory where the subject of analysis centres on gender and provided a platform for women to claim equality, rights and justice. Feminism in basis concerned on four foremost, which are to clarify the origins and reasons of gender inequality, describe the operation and ingenuity of this situation, portrays effective approaches to either beget full equality between genders or possibly improve the impacts of continuous inequality and envision
In other words, feminism describes a culture in which women, because they are women, are treated differently than men, and that, in that difference of treatment, women are at disadvantage; feminism assumes that such treatment is cultural and thus possible to change and not simply “the way the world is and must be”; feminism looks to a different culture as possible, and values moving towards that culture; and feminism consist of activism, individually and in groups, to make personal and social change towards that more desirable culture. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the women’s Right convention in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. The convention brought in more than 300 people. The discussion was focused on the social, civil, and religious condition of women.